Wheel Loaders: Equipment Spotlight

November 2011, Vol. 66 No. 11
The John Deere 844K Wheel Loader

Kubota Tractor
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The versatile Kubota R-Series wheel loaders offer better visibility, more power and outstanding productivity. The R420S wheel loader comes with Kubota’s own 43 hp E-TVCS diesel engine, while the R520S model comes with 49 hp. Kubota’s wheel loaders are loaded with capabilities; including electric shuttle shift lever to allow on-the-go directional change without clutching or braking, as well as Load Sensing Transmission which automatically adjusts speed and torque in response to load conditions. With standard 4-wheel drive, limited slip differential and rear frame oscillation, Kubota wheel loaders are known for their excellent traction and stability. 888.458.2682, kubota.com

Komatsu America
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The WA380-7 wheel loader has a net horsepower of 191 hp and is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D107E-2 engine and is EPA Tier 4 Interim and EU Stage 3B emission certified. Built upon a proven Tier 3 engine platform that increases power while decreasing fuel consumption by approximately 10 percent, compared to the WA380-6. Weighing in at 39,900 pounds, the WA380-7 features improved efficiency, lower fuel consumption, improved operator comfort, and enhanced serviceability to maximize productivity while lowering operating costs. The WA380-7 also features Komatsu SmartLoader Logic, which provides optimal engine torque for the job required. Komatsu SmartLoader Logic helps to save fuel by automatically decreasing engine torque when the loader isn’t working hard, such as when it is driving with an empty bucket. The cab’s front glass has been lowered and the dashboard has been redesigned to improve visibility. Electronic Pilot Control (EPC) levers and an F-N-R switch are part of a redesigned seat-mounted right hand console. komatsuamerica.com